British Museum Free Tour: Tales of Civilisations and Ideas in Time

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English, Greek, Russian
Guru: Tina
Registered on December 22, 2021

Hi everyone, I'm Tina and for several years I have led many visitors in Expert Docent Guides, in London and other cities' renown Museums and Galleries. Art Curator & Specialist - Art Writer - Bilingual Interpreter & Translator: MA MLitt MCIL

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Intra-mural, fun & intelligent energetic strolls, hipping on Ancient & Recent Art & Ideals at The BRITISH MUSEUM. 

  • The British Museum contains one of the most extensive and significant Collections of Ancient and Historic World Art of more than 8 million artefacts, nowadays as well comprising very select Contemporary Artworks. Let's time-travel together through its many spaces that host the unique exhibits of the Civilisations-in-Connections, which form our Global Heritage Culture.

  • I shall be revealing to you unknown tales, buried in the sands of time, of the immaculate nexus of monumental Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Egyptian, and Ottoman Kings and Kingdoms; and of their peoples' tools for work, trades, traditions, wars and religions through the aeons. We will be inspecting an astonishing accumulation of astronomical knowledge, heart-touching-beautiful ceramic and miniature painting, delectable olfactory and tasteful coffe-making, and a spectacular delivery of Charles-Hossein Zenderoudi, Manijeh Yadegar, Khalil Joreje, and Joana Hadjithomas' Contemporary Art. 

  • We shall be tracing the deciphered contents of the Rosetta Stone and Jean-Francois Chambollion's Orientalist deciphering context, two centuries ago. In the Enlightenment Rooms, we shall discuss the establishment of Archaeology by Johann Joachim Winckelmann and Comte de Caylus and the overall rising in the 17th and 18th centuries of the re-connective strings of free-thinking research and science. 

  • In the Greek and Roman Galleries, I shall narrate to you unadvertised myths and legends of the Olympian Gods, Athena and Aphrodite, of Hercules, Jason and Theseus and of many Homeric Iliad and Odyssey Heroes, represented in the Museum's sculptures and painted Vases. Trailing the formation of Ancient Greece to the philosophy, maths, science and the victorious wars of Classical Athens' Democracy, I shall recount to you the multiplex theory creative secrets within the superb Parthenon Marbles by Phidias. 
  • Revealing the shadowy romantic life of Alexander the Great, lost in the cosmopolitan Hellenistic States and the Library of Alexandria, I shall also teach you to read and speak the ancient Greek writings on amphorae and stelae! And, revisiting Cicero's aspirations for Rome and the defeat of Cleopatra's hybrid Hellenism by Julius Caesar's Roman Empire, we shall find undisclosed discourse between Greek and Latin, Theatre and Amphitheatre, Writers-Actors and Gladiators; additionally, we shall read and speak Latin! 

  • In the British, Middle and Later European History Galleries, we shall examine specific exhibits of importance, like The Royal Gold Cup, which highlight the ascent of a uniting culture of European peoples. 

  • Finally, I shall take you through the history of the founding of the British Museum itself: who the   founder was of this world’s oldest public national museum, its contributing collectors, sponsors and curators, its universal spirit of ethnographic study and famous architecture to the contemporary Great Court and the story of, just before 1939, 'the biggest, mass evacuation of objects in any museum's history'.


Meeting you at the Court Cafe, inside the British Museum's Great Court. Links:



2–5 attendees / minimum 2 attendees.

Booking essential.

Additional costs

No additional costs: these Tours do not require the payment of entrance fees or other expenses.

What's the price?
A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give £10 per person, some people give  £200; you choose the price.

The Expert Tour Guide in Russian has a fixed price of £120 per attendee and requires a minimum of 2 confirmed visitors- attendees. 

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour with the Expert Guru and your free entry via the British Museum website's 'Visit' pages. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

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  • Meeting point:
    Great Russell St, London 1B 3DG, UK
    Great Russell St, London 1B 3DG, UK
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    I will be seating at the Court Cafe, inside the British Museum's Great Court. I carry a big black bag.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Genadi 16 Sep 2022
Tel Aviv-Yafo
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Travelled in couple - Sep 2022
This was amazing tour through the time with target to show the evolution of ideas and influences of them to next civilizations. The artifacts shows just as an examples to proof the ideas behind. Tina our guide didn’t stop the tour even when museum was closed and she has continued outside to finish her vision of human history. Bravo!
MARINO 15 Aug 2022
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Travelled alone - Aug 2022
IT was marvellous, I was very happay and satisfied wirh The tour. Tina is a great teacher!
Jose 11 Aug 2022
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Travelled in group - Jul 2022
Tina es una encantadora persona, muy educada, con mucha cultura y conocimiento, esas persona a las que escucharía por horas. Si quieres una experiencia enriquecedora, vé con Tina.
Aditi 06 Jul 2022
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Travelled alone - Jul 2022
It was an excellent experience full with learning, my guide Tina, is a well learned person and was interested in making me understand all that could have been made possible in 2.5 hrs. She extended the walk so that she could impart more knowledge. I don’t think anyone else could have done better than her.
Gregory 05 Jul 2022
Cape Town
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Travelled in couple - Jul 2022
She didn’t show us and only sent email notice within the prior hour.
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 4 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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